Agriculture Week in Ohio Honors History & Looks to the Future

Attendees of Ohio Agriculture Week event study endangered paddlefish
Attendees of Ohio Agriculture Week event study endangered paddlefish

Last week marked Agriculture Week in Ohio, during which the state’s Department of Agriculture (ODA) celebrated agribusiness and the impact it has on agriculture, reported an article from The Pike County Daily. This year’s events were reportedly intended to recognize the history of agriculture in Ohio and present new research, ideas, and innovations that will extend the progress it has made in the state.

Agriculture Week events took place at the Ohio State University South Centers and the Vanmeter Bicentennial Farm and were attended by the public and ODA representatives. According to the article, one of the main focuses of this year’s Ag Week was the bicentennial farm program inductions, which honored Ohio family farms that have been influential to the state’s agriculture through the years. Ag Week events also included presentations from experts about aquaculture research and development, small fruit crops, horticulture, soil and water, agriculture equipment, and the endangerment of the paddlefish.

Ashley McDonald, public information officer for the ODA Office of Communication, stated, “[The ODA’s] focus here is on small businesses and the impact that they have had both in the past and carrying us to the future in agriculture. We’ve made 15 to 16 stops this week, everywhere from food processing facilities to century and bicentennial farms.”

Agriculture Week in Ohio was a time to reflect on some of the most influential Ohio farms and educate attendees on the state of agriculture business in the present and future.

Photo courtesy of Pike County Daily